Small, 12-fret, short-scale instruments are among our favorite acoustics here at Capital Guitars. The 00-size guitar is a classic design that has been around since the late 1940's and one that combines an intimate body size, short string scale and 12-fret neck geometry which results in an instrument that is extremely comfortable to play while having a particularly powerful voice for such a small instrument.
Offered here is exquisite example of this design from the Martin Custom Shop. This short scale (24.9") beauty utilizes full hide glue construction. It has an Adirondack Spruce top matched up with 1/4" scalloped Adirondack Spruce bracing. The back and sides are made from a gorgeous set of very straight-grained Madagascar Rosewood. The body binding is flamed Koa with Style 45 purfling. The top is highly decorated with a Style 45 abalone rosette and Style 42 pearl inlays. The 12-fret, modified low oval-shaped neck is made of Mahogany. The Black Ebony fretboard is bound with mitered Koa, has a 16" radius, Style 45 abalone snowflake inlays and a 1.75" bone nut. It has an Ebony belly bridge with 2-1/4" spacing, a compensated bone saddle and Abalone snowflake inlays. The slotted headstock has a Madagascar Rosewood overlay, is bound in Koa and the tuners are gold Waverly's. The guitar is fully finished in clear gloss and is drop-dead gorgeous!
This guitar's beauty is not just skin deep, however. It plays with superb ease and is setup with 12th fret string heights of 6/64" on the low E side and 4/64" on the high E side. As the provided sound sample demonstrates, the tone is vintage Martin. Even though the guitar has yet to be broken in, the tone is rich and woody with lots of note to note clarity and midrange punch. While meant for fingerstyle, you can really dig-in with a flat pick if you like. Either way, the output of this little beauty will amaze you.
This guitar has seen very little play and is in near mint condition with only very light shirt button scratches on the back. The frets show no observable wear. It comes with it's similarly clean Martin case along with the uninstalled bone end pin and detailed build specifications provided by Martin.
This guitar is from a short Custom Shop run done in 2013. At that time, these guitars had a street price of $8K. The price of Madagascar Rosewood and other build costs have escalated quite a bit since then, such that a new example of this guitar would likely cost you nearly $9K to commission. Get this lightly played 2013 beauty for substantially less.
What a beautiful looking, playing and sounding little Martin!
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